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PNS Daily Newscast - June 22, 2018 


The GOP leadership puts their efforts to fix immigration on hold. Also on the Friday rundown: Florida students take their gun control message to the Midwest; and a call for renewal of the land and water conservation fund.

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Public News Service - OR: Budget Policy & Priorities

Oregon has the sixth-largest class sizes in the country, according to the National Education Association. (Aldona_P/Twenty20)

PORTLAND, Ore. — Oregon gets a failing grade for how much it spends on public schools, according to a new report. In its analysis, Education Week gave Oregon an "F" for spending. And for overall education financing, the state did only slightly better, earning a “C-.” Underfunding

Gov. Kate Brown's proposed tax break would cost the state about $13 million a year, according to the Legislative Revenue Office. (Edmund Garman/Flickr)

SALEM, Ore. – A special legislative session called by Gov. Kate Brown begins in Salem Monday. Brown is gathering lawmakers in an effort to extend a tax break for so-called pass-through businesses, or those in which profits go to the owner, who then pays taxes on his or her income instead of

John Day Fossil Beds National Monument has more than $1.8 million in deferred maintenance costs, according to the National Park Service. (David Prasad/Flickr)

PORTLAND, Ore. – Bipartisan legislation in Congress could begin to relieve the $11 billion maintenance backlog in the national park system. The National Park Restoration Act, co-sponsored by Rep. Kurt Schrader, D-Ore., would dedicate funding to infrastructure projects around the country. Las

An Oregon fishing guide says fishers worry about the effects of ethanol on their outboard motors. (Michelle B./Flickr)

PORTLAND, Ore. – A bill to reform the biofuels mandate could reverse a decade of destruction to America's grasslands, according to environmental groups. The GREENER Fuels Act would gradually reduce the amount of biofuels such as corn ethanol in the nation's fuel supply. It also would stop

A bill in the Oregon State Legislature would require companies to explain prescription drug price jumps of more than 10 percent. (ccPixs.com/Flickr)

SALEM, Ore. – Oregonians are being warned about a group that is using what’s called deceptive practices to oppose a prescription drug-pricing bill in the State Legislature. The Register-Guard in Eugene has revealed the group Caregiver Voices United is funded by the pharmaceutical drug

A one-time appropriation of $300,000 from legislators to the Oregon Food Bank Network would increase pantries' capacity for fresh produce. (Oregon Food Bank)

SALEM, Ore. — Healthy meals at Oregon food pantries are becoming the norm, but they present a challenge: How does the state's network of food banks make sure perishable food such as produce stays fresh? Today, leaders from the Oregon Food Bank Network are meeting with state legislators in Sa

Sexual harassment and assault are pervasive in the janitorial industry, women's and workers' advocates say. (deepcove/Flickr)

SALEM, Ore. – Months before the #MeToo movement gained steam, Oregon lawmakers passed legislation to protect women working in the shadows, literally. Now that law is in effect. At the beginning of this year, janitorial contractors started joining a registry that ensures they're in complian

Oregon has made big strides in health coverage for residents since it expanded Medicaid, but the state needs to raise more money to keep the system in place. (sasint/Pixabay)

PORTLAND, Ore. – Medical professionals are turning out in the final stretch before Tuesday's special election to support Measure 101, which would continue to fund health care for low income Oregonians. The Oregon Medical Association, Oregon Nurses Association, and hospitals such as Legacy He

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